Assad Govt. Agrees To UN Inspection of Chemical Weapons Attack Site

Foreign Ministry: UN inspection team allowed to conduct investigations into chemical weapons use allegations

Sana

Aug 25, 2013

 

Damascus, (SANA)_The Syrian government and the UN have agreed to a mutual understanding that enters into force immediately, allowing the UN inspection team to investigate an alleged chemical weapons use in Damascus countryside on August 22, an official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said.

The agreement states that the team, headed by Prof. Ake Sellstrom, should coordinate with the Syrian government on the date and time of the team’s visit to the sites agreed upon by the two sides.

The agreement came during a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem with the UN High Representative for Disarmament, Angela Kane earlier this morning.

Al-Moallem expressed Syria’s readiness to cooperate with the UN investigators to expose the false allegations of the terrorist groups accusing the Syrian forces of using chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta.

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Obama’s Hypocritical Double-Standards In Coddling the Spoiled Saudi Dictatorship

[Obama is so deeply indebted to the Saudis for handling his Middle East problems for him, that he is taking the potentially risky step of overlooking previous American condemnations of cluster bomb use (especially by the Israelis), to transfer $.64 billion worth of US cluster bombs to the Saudis.  Since the Saudis have no foreseeable need for such weapons, and since the Saudi king has promised to make-up any US aid to Egypt, we can easily guess where these weapons will really be going….to Egypt. 

“The U.S. government is also withholding more than $1 billion in annual aid to Egypt while the fighting persists.”

The Saudis will make-up for lost America-to-Egypt military aid by transferring US weapons to Egypt.]

Syria Expands Use of Cluster Bombs says HRW

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A boy holds unexploded cluster bombs after jet shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Meyasar district of Aleppo, Feb. 21, 2013.

A boy holds unexploded cluster bombs after jet shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Meyasar district of Aleppo, Feb. 21, 2013.

Critics decry US cluster bomb sales to Saudi

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More than 40 countries have outlawed cluster bombs due to their long-term impacts on civilians [AFP]